Beyond the Classroom
A wide variety of extra- and co-curricular programs are available to Loyola students which provide opportunity for challenge and growth outside the classroom. Clubs, a host of competitive activities, publications, and many educational enrichment opportunities offer something for everyone. Since involvement and a sense of belonging are critical in a student’s development, Loyola is proud to be contributing to these efforts in such a positive way. It is our philosophy that students who are involved and feel that sense of belonging tend to be happier and thus, perform better in school.
- SGA (Student Government Association) plans student activities year-round, including freshman orientation, homecoming week, and school-wide dances.
- National Honor Society members not only have the prestige of membership to include on college applications, but also perform in-house tutoring services on a voluntary basis.
- Key Club members perform numerous service projects locally (Shreveport Green, Lighthouse, Paint your Heart Out, March of Dimes, American Diabetes Assoc.) and globally through fundraisers to aid the American Red Cross. They also sponsor blood drives at Loyola.
- Loyola provides students with many opportunities for prayer, fellowship, and exposure to faith in action. Organizations include:
- Liturgical Volunteers- students participate in Mass as lectors, altar servers, musicians, Eucharistic Ministers, and choir members.
- F.A.i. T.H.- provides food and toys for hundreds of needy area families each Christmas.
- Flyers for Life- activities support all forms of life and human rights on a local and national level.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes- Meet for prayer, Bible study, and discussion with guest speakers.
“Love ought to show itself in deeds over and above words.”
-- St. Ignatius of Loyola
The rationale for the Service Program at Loyola College Prep is rooted in this belief. We invite our students to become “men and women for others” by educating their minds and hearts to horizons beyond their previous experience and into the world beyond the world they know.
We feel it is important that they come in contact with people who on the surface may be unlike themselves, people who are poor, both materially and in spirit and body, people who are marginalized, socially or economically disadvantaged, and disabled either in mind or body.
We hope this encounter will result in what we consider to be the ultimate goals of the program:
1. The Loyola community and the students themselves realize that our gifts and talents can help people, can heal their hurts, can assuage their loneliness, can give companionship and encouragement, can enlighten minds and give dignity to those whom they serve.
2. Through their service, we hope the students will become aware that they receive much more than they give: that when they become healers, they themselves are healed; when they give companionship, they themselves receive companionship; when they uplift and encourage, they themselves are uplifted and encouraged; and when they enlighten, they are themselves enlightened.
3. Recognition by all of our students that God is present in all things, all people and all situations.
We also hope that the effects of this experience will stay with our students, no matter what career or profession they may find themselves later in life.
This experience should be one of many that will raise their consciousness to the point where attitudes will be changed and their lives will be lived with these experiences and their reflections on them as a backdrop.
The Ignatian Service Program at Loyola College Prep is mandatory for two reasons. Just as the core curriculum is usually mandatory in any high school, we feel that in light of the school’s mission and ideals, this component of the school’s curriculum is as important as any other that we require. Many students who may have a difficult time committing to this program eventually see that the experience can be enjoyable, fulfilling, and a highlight of their high school experience.
Each student is required to complete a minimum of 25 service hours per year, with a total of at least 100 hours to be completed before graduation.